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Former TNGOP Chair Named to TN Economic Council on Women

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; September 16, 2013:

(September 16, 2013, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) today appointed Robin Smith of Hixson to the Tennessee Economic Council on Women.

“Robin Smith is the kind of strong conservative woman who can serve as a true role model for all women in Tennessee,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “A skilled advocate for free markets and economic growth, I look forward to her ideas on how to use the council to empower our state’s women economically.”

“Robin Smith has been a passionate advocate for women’s economic advancement in our state for years,” said Speaker Harwell. “I am excited that she has agreed to serve to further the economic betterment of women, children and families in Tennessee.”

Smith graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in nursing and is certified in project management through Stanford University.

Smith served as the chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party from 2007 to 2009. During her tenure, Tennessee Republicans gained majorities in both houses of the General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction.

A former Tennessee Human Rights Commissioner, Smith currently serves on a variety of boards and writes a weekly column for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Smith is founder and head of Rivers Edge Alliance, a management and consulting firm and is currently a partner in SmithWaterhouse Strategies, a public affairs and public relations agency.

“I’m grateful to Lt. Governor Ramsey for offering me the opportunity to serve our state,” said Smith. “I look forward to working on behalf of women across the grand divisions of Tennessee to promote free market, pro-growth policies that lead to economic empowerment for women.”

The Tennessee Economic Council on Women is a state agency created under TCA § 4-50-100 in 1998 to assess economic status of Tennessee women. The Council’s mission is to develop and advocate for solutions to help women achieve financial independence and economic autonomy.

Press Releases

Immigration Activist Endorses Candidates in Congressional Races

Press Release from Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist; Aug. 3, 2010:

Smith in TN-3; Hartline in TN-5; Black in TN-6; and Fincher in TN-8 on Ending Illegal Immigration, Enforcing Border Security

Aliso Viejo, CA –Founder and President Jim Gilchrist of the Minuteman Project, the nation’s leading grassroots activist organization on the issue of immigration reform and border security, announced today that they are endorsing four candidates for Congressional seats in Tennessee. The campaigns of Robin Smith (TN-3), Jeff Hartline (TN-5), Diane Black (TN-6), and Stephen Fincher (TN-8) each were informed that Jim Gilchrist looked to welcome them into the Immigration Reform Caucus should they win their respective races.

Gilchrist cited each candidate’s strong stances on securing our borders, denying illegals any form of amnesty, and cracking down on taxpayer funded benefits that attract illegals to the United States. Polls show that immigration reform and border security remains one of the top issues facing voters of the state of Tennessee in the upcoming August 5 Republican Primary.

Gilchrist stated, “America needs real leaders like Robin Smith, Jeff Hartline, Diane Black, and Stephen Fincher to take Tennessee values to Washington, DC. Each of these candidates will ensure that Congress actually enforce current immigration laws to protect the jobs of Americans and the dollars of taxpayers. That is why I wholeheartedly endorse each of these fine people to be the newest representatives from Tennessee in the United States Congress.”

Earlier in July the Minuteman Project endorsed Congressman Zach Wamp for Governor of Tennessee.

Regarding the August 5 Republican Primary Gilchrist said, “For too long law abiding Americans have grown tired of watching the political establishment lack the will to enforce our nation’s laws when it comes to border security and immigration policy. If Tennessee sends all four of these law enforcement advocates to Congress to demand the Federal Government enforce our laws and secure our borders, America will begin to end the chaos of illegal immigration.”

Jim Gilchrist founded the multi-ethnic Minuteman Project on Oct. 1, 2004, after years of frustrated efforts trying to get a neglectful U.S. government to simply enforce existing immigration laws. Called “the world’s largest neighborhood watch”, their volunteer members aid efforts of the US Border Patrol by watching for illegal activity along the US-Mexican border.